Review: Shania Twain's Omaha show impresses — much

Omaha World-Herald
By Kevin Coffey
May 19, 2018

Shania Twain’s still got it.

For two hours Friday night, the queen of country was a commanding presence as she sang a combo of her greatest hits and latest efforts.

Twain’s mix of good-time, foot-stomping country anthems such as “Any Man of Mine” were a good mix with the dance-pop sounds of “Let’s Kiss And Make Up” and “Swingin’ With My Eyes Closed.”

A sold-out CenturyLink Center — fans hoisting signs, rocking new Twain T-shirts and singing along to songs new and old — was delighted with the show no matter what she did.

And she sounded great.

Twain sounded so good that sometimes I looked closely to see if she was actually singing or if her vocals were a recording.

Nope. It was the real deal. She simply sounds that good.

If I didn’t notice her taking breaths and making very subtle mistakes, I’d have thought twice. Her vocals were nearly flawless from start to finish, which is all the more impressive considering that her debut album was released 25 years ago.

Twain was on fire from the moment she stepped onstage in a gorgeous silver sequined dress and began belting out “Life’s About to Get Good.”

Like she has her whole career, Twain walked the line between pop and country, sometimes stepping to one side or the other for a few songs.

And her production toed the same line, mixing moments with a live band and others featuring canned music, as well as combining intimate country moments with over-the-top pop spectacle.

Five massive, moving cubes acted as backdrops, video screens and secondary stages as they moved around the enormous stage, and Twain was flanked by a crew of occasionally cowboy-hatted dancers and Daisy Dukes-costumed backing singers.

It’s the kind of stuff you’d normally see from a pop star, but rather than distract with meaningless pomp, it enhanced Twain’s performance.

Every moment was a spectacle you could sing along to.

And sing they did.

“That Don’t Impress Me Much,” “Whose Bed Have Your Boots Been Under?,” “Man! I Feel Like a Woman” and Twain’s other massive hits were the night’s most entertaining moments, but even new tracks such as “I’m Alright” and “More Fun” were a good time.

But it was the ballad “You’re Still the One” that featured Twain’s best vocal performance. She was able to fill the arena with her voice with seemingly little effort.

The audience loved it, but Twain herself may have been having more fun than anyone in the arena. She laughed with her dancers, snapped selfies with a pair of fans she welcomed onstage and continually thanked the audience for supporting her career for so many years.

“I just want to take a second to say how privileged and thankful I am to be in this beautiful city,” she said. “Omaha is stunning.”